Council has speeded up the development of the Small and Medium Enterprises infrastructure at the corner of Seke and Dieppe Roads, commonly called KuCoca Cola, following the injection of ZWL$15 million by government.
The site has faced poor uptake from the targeted entrepreneurs most of whom prefer selling their goods, usually second-hand clothes, in the CBD and other populous areas, where they are accused of congestion and are daily engaged in running battles with police.
Speaking recently Harare Mayor Hebert Gomba said they were moving to finish the infrastructure at the place.
“We are planning on developing modern vendor marts at the corner of Seke and Dieppe Roads as well as modernizing markets and home industries dotted around the City”
“ZWL$15 million dollars was allocated for the development of SMEs infrastructure at the Corner of Seke and Dieppe Roads.
“We continue to lobby government to allocate more resources under the inter-governmental fiscal transfers, as stipulated in the Constitution to enable us to deliver services to the residents of Harare.
Following accusations of the absence of necessary facilities at the place Mayor Gomba said they were aiming to provide a conducive environment for the vendors.
“We have a moral duty to create conditions for the realization of the economic aspirations of everybody, as a starting point.
“Since all of us as citizens of the city have material needs that can only be satisfied economically; we have to think of ways by which we can build and grow the economy of our city through infrastructural development programmes for the informal sector”, he said.
Most vendors have been hesitant to shift from their CBD bases and relocate to the Coca Cola site citing issues to do with customer accessibility.
However with the rain season coming soon the need to finish the place has become a matter of priority as some vendors are already using the place.